Australian Open: “I Fight Hardest In Finals,” Says Naomi Osaka As She Aims Fourth Grand Slam Crown


Naomi Osaka says no person remembers a loser — and he or she would not plan to be one when she tries to win a fourth Grand Slam crown towards Jennifer Brady within the Australian Open last on Saturday. A second trophy at Melbourne Park would imply the 23-year-old from Japan has received half of the majors she’s contested since her first on the US Open last in 2018 — an notorious match perpetually remembered for Serena Williams’s implosion. Osaka’s demolition of Williams within the semi-final on Thursday ended the 39-year-old’s newest try to win an elusive record-equalling twenty fourth Slam title and strengthened the idea {that a} new technology is taking up from the American.

Osaka is on the forefront of the younger wave and credit a new-found psychological maturity for having the ability to battle by way of matches below the very best strain.

And she had a warning for the Twenty second-seeded American Brady forward of the ultimate.

“I have this mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up,” she stated.

“I think I fight the hardest in the finals. I think that’s where you sort of set yourself apart.”

Osaka is scorching favorite towards Brady, who’s making her Grand Slam last debut after being compelled into a tough 14-day quarantine forward of the Australian Open, the place she was confined to her resort room and unable to coach.  

The pair first clashed as juniors in Florida seven years in the past when Brady received. 

Osaka has received each their matches since with their rivalry hitting new heights within the second of these, final yr’s epic US Open semi-final.

Eventual champion Osaka prevailed 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 in a nerve-jangling encounter, dubbed by some as the very best match of the truncated 2020 season.  

“Was probably (in the) top two matches I’ve played in my life,” Osaka stated of the basic at Flushing Meadows. 

“I think (of) the matches I remember the most when I’m having a very hard time – I think about that match a lot.” 

‘She hits it large’

Third seed Osaka believes she had sharpened her recreation since then, which will probably be essential to blunt the strong-serving American. 

“I play a little bit different now,” stated Osaka, who’s using an unbeaten 20-match successful streak stretching 12 months. 

“I think my returns are better. I can’t fully base everything on that match, but definitely it’s something to reference.”

Brady, 25, has not confronted a higher-ranked participant in her run to the ultimate, helped by the exits of world primary Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Sofia Kenin on her aspect of the draw.  

Having not misplaced a set till surviving a three-set thriller to Karolina Muchova within the semis, Brady is aware of she’s in for a battle towards a participant she lengthy believed was destined for stardom.  

“We grew up playing junior local tournaments in Florida,” she stated. 

“I remember playing her, I was, like, ‘Wow, she hits the ball huge. She’s going to be good. She’s got something special’.” 

Brady, who “didn’t really like” tennis as a teenager however rekindled her love for the game at school, has revelled in self-belief since her breakthrough in New York, however admitted the cauldron of a Slam last will probably be a brand new expertise.   

“I don’t know how I’m going to feel on Saturday,” she stated.  

“There are going to be moments, games, points where I’m going to be thinking… ‘Wow, this could be my first Grand Slam title’.”  

Osaka is extra skilled on the very best stage regardless of being two years youthful and has modified her angle to big-match events.


“I used to weigh my entire existence on if I won or lost a tennis match,” she stated. “That’s just not how I feel any more.” 

Osaka, who has by no means misplaced a Slam match after getting previous the fourth spherical, is aiming to turn into the primary lady’s participant since Monica Seles to win her first 4 Grand Slam finals.

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